Lovell Barton was born in Copperfield, Oregon. He has been married to Deanny Eastinger for over 40 years and they have 3 children. He joined the Third Army in 1943, completed his basic training in California, and was then shipped to England. Lovell’s division, the 20th Armored Core, left Southampton, England and landed their tanks on Utah Beach during the Normandy Beach invasion. His division fought their way North through France and crossed the Rhine at Binji. They then battled across Central Europe to Czechoslovakia. When the German Army surrendered, his division was shipped to Marsaille. There they boarded ships headed to the Philippines for the invasion of Japan. Three days into their journey, Japan surrendered and his division was diverted back to the States and Lovell was later discharged.
For four years after the war, Lovell apprenticed as a Journeyman Machinist and earned his card. When the Korean War broke out, Lovell joined the Navy as an MR1 First Class Machinery Repairman; he moved through the ranks and was promoted to Senior Chief. He served on the repair ship USS Ajax in the Pacific. After the War, he was assigned to the 13th Naval District in Portland. He was the Chief Recruiting Officer, in charge of Eugene, Roseburg, Klamath Falls and Medford. After 23 years of service in the Navy, Lovell retired.
Lovell has been an Elk member for 43 years. He was initiated in Portland and has been a member of Bend Elks Lodge #1371 for 19 years.